Will and Kate to be joined by another royal couple at next outing


William and Kate will be working with another royal couple amid Meghan and Harry stepping back

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior royals on Jan. 8

Amid news that  Meghan Markle  and  Prince Harry  are stepping back as senior members of the royal family,  Kate Middleton  and  Prince William  have another royal couple by their side at an upcoming engagement. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joined by Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex on Monday, January 20, at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit. William and Kate are hosting the event on behalf of  Queen Elizabeth . Princess Anne will also be in attendance. According to  HOLA! USA ’s sister brand HELLO!,  Prince George ’s parents will formally receive the heads of state and government, along with their partners, at the reception, followed by a group photo of them with William, Kate, Sophie, Edward, and Princess Anne.

The Cambridges will be joined by the Wessexes at the palace reception©WireImage
The Cambridges will be joined by the Wessexes at the palace reception

The Cambridges appear to have a close relationship with the Wessexes. It was  revealed last year that Sophie is Kate’s secret shopper . The upcoming reception will mark the Duchess of Cambridge’s second public engagement of 2020. Kate and William traveled to Bradford on January 15 to visit several projects that support the community and promote cohesion. The  outing came one week after Meghan and Harry shocked the world by announcing their plan to step back from their current royal roles  and divide their time between the UK and North America.

 Meghan is currently in Canada  with her son Archie Harrison, while  Harry is still in the UK with meetings  reportedly scheduled for next week. On Monday, Queen Elizabeth  met with Harry, William and Prince Charles at Sandringham to discuss  to the Sussexes’ future.

William and Kate appear to have a close relationship with Sophie and Edward©Getty Images
William and Kate appear to have a close relationship with Sophie and Edward

After the royal summit, the monarch released a statement saying, “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK,” the Queen continued. “These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”